Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf on Healthy Eating

on September 7, 2008

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf may best be known for their prowess on the court, but the couple is working on a new legacy: spreading their love for healthy living to the masses. Agassi  and Graf are investors in Eaturna, a new company offering fresh, organic and low-fat meals. We asked the tennis greats and parents of two how they handle the challenge of raising healthy kids.

You both grew up as super-competitive athletes. How has your relationship to food changed over the years?
Andre: Early on we focused on food as a source of energy. It was a means to an end. Now, food is more of a joy than a fuel.

Who does the cooking in your house? The shopping?
Steffi: We both do the shopping. We also share the cooking. Andre usually is in charge of marinating and grilling the meat or fish, and I make salads and vegetables.

How do you involve your kids in the kitchen?
Steffi: We encourage our kids to pitch in. One seasons the meats and the other cuts vegetables. They love to be a part of the process.

When your kids want a treat, what do they ask for?
Andre: Like most kids, they love ice cream.

And you?
Andre: I don't really have much of a sweet tooth. When I was younger, chips and fries were my real weaknesses. Steffi: I make up for Andre. I love cakes and cookies.

What five foods do you always keep in your fridge?
Steffi: Fruit, vegetables, eggs, bacon and pickles.

Any advice for parents on building healthy habits?
Steffi: Create an environment that makes healthy living routine. As soon as being healthy becomes an effort, kids will push back. Keeping healthy food in the house; making physical activity fun; making it a priority to eat as a family—all are critical to help kids learn healthy habits.

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